Petition Drive Politics
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign manager met with 19 members of the Rock Creek GOP Women's Club earlier this week to lay out plans for a petition drive that seeks to challenge early voting. The reason for the challenge, Bo Harmon told the members, is that Ehrlich believes early voting is an invitation to fraud.
Anyone who wants can walk into multiple polling places and vote more than once, Harmon told the members as they ate lunch in Chevy Chase.
We checked in with state election's official Ross Goldstein about this concern, and Goldstein had a different opinion. Certainly it is possible someone might attempt to vote multiple times, he said, but there are safeguards.
For one, Goldstein said, someone trying to vote twice would have to sign their name to ballots twice.
"It's possible you could try it, but you're going to get caught. It's a fraud you're commiting in a very open and public manner. You're signing your name to a paper," Goldstein said.
Also, he said polling places will be outfitted this year with computer lists of voters that will automatically update when someone has voted. That will allow election monitors to verify that everyone only votes once.
Harmon, however, made a persuasive case to the women of the Rock Creek club. Several said they plan to attend an event Saturday where petitions will be passed out, so they can start gathering signatures.
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